Carol Ferris and her childhood friend Hal love watching jets takeoff from the local test airfield, where both their father’s work. Tragedy strikes one day, leaving Carol’s friend Hal without a dad.
18 years later, Carol and Hal are now both pilots for Ferris Aircraft, where she also serves as an office manager(?).
Carol, call sign Sapphire, not only has to deal with Hal’s unprofessional antics, but also with the sexist expectation of “having it all” that society commonly places upon professional women.
After Hal screws up a test flight and nearly gets fired, he and Carol meet up for drinks to discuss his mental state and emotional well-being. Carol, WHO IS CLEARLY TOO GOOD FOR HAL, can’t help but have feelings for this puckish rogue with a heart of gold, and they consider rekindling an old romance at a neighborhood bar. Hal immediately takes off after this, presumably because he fears real human connection.
They see each other again at a blues music and jet plane government contract party, and everything is fine. There, they are celebrated as ideal and good millennials by older, less attractive people. Also, a weird scientist man whom she knew as a kid smells her hair.
When a helicopter crash threatens the party and also Carol’s life, a mysterious masked green suited hero saves her and the rest of the party goers.
Later, while Carol is doing twice the work for half the pay at her family’s company, green man appears again. Carol, who is observant and not a child, deduces that green man is actually Hal with an alien super ring. Hal’s heroics and attitude adjustment are confusing to Carol, because she’s a responsible adult woman and until just recently, taking up with Hal again would be a bad life choice.
Upon learning Hal’s magic space ring means he’s a member of some sort of guardians of the galaxy force, Carol encourages Hal to embrace the responsibility thrust upon him and fight a giant fear monster.
While Hal is out at a guardians of the galaxy meeting, Carol is kidnapped by the weirdo who sniffed her hair at the blues and jet party, because he’s now villainous and infected with space fear monster germs. Hal shows up in time to save her from being turned into an ugly giant headed monster, but then almost screws everything up – and then Carol saves him with the power of experimental fighter jets.
Upon being confronted face to face by the magnitude of the space fear monster, Carol’s confidence finally falters, but she still has enough strength to inspire Hal to go throw the monster into the sun. They then share a tender moment before he leaves for space hero camp.